Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Picture of the day: The Orlando Cooling Towers
These towers are maybe the best known landmarks of Soweto, South Africa. Not having to compete with any high rise buildings, they can be seen from just about everywhere in Soweto (an area of about 40 square miles (104 square kilometers) and even thought they once belonged to the Orlando power station, polluting the air of the people living in the area, today these two 100 meter high concrete towers form a symbol of Soweto, and once grey and dull, they now are canvases for colorful murals, depicting the struggle for freedom and justice and also celebrating everyday life in South Africa. I took this picture while visiting Soweto in July this year. The pale winter colors made the towers stand out even more!